I Have A Mansion In The Post-apocalyptic World - Chapter 20
Chapter 20: Xiao Shiyu in Despair
’’... Are you alright?’’ As she stared at Jiang Chen, who approached her, she bit her lips and ran
out of words to say.
’’Not exactly okay, a minor injury.’’ Jiang Chen had the audacity to point at the small cut on his
cheek. If he didn't point it out, it was barely visible.
’’I, I'll treat it for you.’’ Xia Shiyu lowered her head full of guilt. She never owed favors to anyone,
but now she owed this person so much.
’’Here? Saliva can disinfect it.’’ Jiang Chen joked carelessly. It even surprised himself a little.
[Hmm? When did I get so flirty?]
’’... I have bandage and alcohol at my place.’’ Xiao Shiyu coldly answered Jiang Chen's mockery
’’Don't look at me like that. At least I am your new creditor.’’ Jiang Chen waved the agreement
between his fingers. ’’Look. Though since I am a nice person, I won't charge you any interest.’’
[Is there anyone more narcissistic than him.] Xia Shiyu stared at the smiling Jiang Chen with a
look of defeat. She was confused. This was the same guy that was afraid to make eye contact
’’I'll repay you, including interest.’’ Xia Shiyu expressed her gratitude with certainty in her
voice. Hesitantly, ’’With normal interest rate.’’ She wasn't confident in repaying the high
interest on her debt.
Jiang Chen shrugged as he knew this girl too well. She would not back down from her goal.
’’Yeah?’’ Xiao Shiyu turned her head after the store owner called.
’’This is your salary for half of the month. I am sorry, but there is nothing I can do about the
thugs. Also, you don't have to come to work tomorrow.’’ The store owner said laboriously as he
finally said the disheartening statement in an almost pleading tone.
After she had taken the envelope of money, she nodded her head emotionlessly. She gazed at
the flower shop that was about to close. Evading and doubtful looks. She didn't know why she
wanted to cry.
She couldn't remember the number of times she almost broke down. This was the first time in
her life she felt so fragile.
’’Fired?’’ Jiang Chen said mockingly. He felt so joyful when his manager got fired again.
She didn't answer Jiang Chen's mockery. She bit her lips full of emotions. She turned around
and headed home as Jiang Chen followed. Xia Shiyu did say that she was going to help him with
By now, the wound has already scarred up, but Jiang Chen was curious about where his ex-boss
lived. He had nothing better to do anyways.
Jiang Chen giggled as he thought that he was a terrible person. Almost as mischievous as Sun
Jiang Chen stepped onto the moldy stairs, and a frown appeared on his face. He was surprised
that Wang Hai city even has a building this old. The cracked filled walls indicated that this place
was not pleasant.
Xiao Shiyu pulled out her keys and opened the rusted door. A bitter smile emerged on Jiang
Chen's face. [This girl is almost too resilient and independent. Any other girls would not be able
to handle these living conditions. Especially with her charming looks, if she wanted her
problems solved, a lot of people would be willing to pay 500,000 for her.]
But her attractiveness was completely undermined by her terrible attitude.
There was a hint of moldy odor when Jiang Chen first entered the room, but the scented air
freshener quickly filled his nostrils. It was clear that Xia Shuyu used it in an attempt to solve
The room was tiny and cluttered with furniture. It was even smaller than Jiang Chen's cheap
apartment. There was no TV in the living room. Only an old wooden desk with even older
chairs. Maybe it would be worth something if she sold it as artifacts.
There was no air conditioning in sight either, only a fan placed in the corner of the room. The
most expensive electronic was the stainless kettle which she brought when she fled from her
A laptop was on the table, but there was no wifi there. What would be the use of it?
He noticed that two pairs of shoes were placed neatly in front of the door. There was no way she
only owned two pairs of shoes. She must have been in a rush when she escaped. Although the
condition was not the best, it did look like she spent a considerable amount of time cleaning the
’’Sorry, it's pretty crappy here. Sit.’’ Xia Shiyu awkwardly said. It was her first time bringing a
not so familiar man to her place. Even for her ex, she always asked him to stop in front of her
door. The idea of spending time alone with the opposite gender made her extremely
uncomfortable. Perhaps it was because of her overprotective mindset that she was friendless,
especially at this time, when she needed someone the most. She walked into the tiny bedroom.
Jiang Chen pulled out a chair and sat down on it. However, to his surprise, it almost made him
fall. [F*ck, the chair is missing a piece of its leg.]
Soon, Xia Shiyu walked out with rubbing alcohol and q tips.
’’Where?’’ Her tone was mechanical. She examined the wound as she tried to place her hand
’’Here. Are you going to...?’’ Jiang Chen forced a smile. He only wanted to mock the ex-manager,
but she did bring out the rubbing alcohol.
’’I said I would treat it for you.’’ Xia Shiyu took in a deep breath as she advanced near his face.
Jiang Chen felt uncomfortable as well. His hands wiggled back and forth not knowing where to
’’Don't move.’’ Xia Shiyu frowned slightly and gave the unresting Jiang Chen a hard stare.
’’Ok.’’ Jiang Chen forced a smile again.
It was a delightful fragrance. The lilac aroma twirled around Jiang Chen's nose. Her flawless
neck was decorated with jewelry. Jiang Chen remembered there was a necklace. When she
leaned forward, the light summer shirt foretold a glimpse of her beautiful cleavage. It was
probably only a B, which was nothing compared to Sun Jiao's. But with her serene figure, she
seemed like a delightful breeze in the summer day.
She was a goddess in looks and figure. It was quite embarrassing, but Jiang Chen did
masturbate to her before.
In his memory, her hair was always tied back professionally. Today, her hair was pulled back in
a ponytail which brought Jiang Chen to a memory of his past. The fresh out of school looking
Xia Shiyu was nowhere like the professional office lady.
’’What are you looking at?’’ She noticed the invasive stare which made her quite scared. But her
face still displayed the same protective emotionless look.
’’No. Nothing.’’ Jiang Chen awkwardly replied.
After the wound was treated, their eyes crossed.
Time stopped for a moment.
’’It smells very nice here. Hahaha.’’ Jiang Chen rubbed his head to break the silence.
Xia Shiyu zoned out momentarily. Her cheek blushed as her emotionless face smiled slightly,
but her eyes looked even colder.
’’It's the scent of lilacs. I probably got it when I worked.’’ With a frown on her face, she quickly
cleaned up and headed back into her room.
[Heart pounding fast.] She held her pumping chest as she recollected her breathe. She
disappointedly looked at herself in the mirror. She didn't know why she was acting weird.
[Heart pounding fast.] Jiang Chen also confusedly touched his chest. [There is no way I am
interested in this girl.] He immediately rejected the idea and blamed the natural reaction of his
hormones. Compared to an icy beauty, he preferred the energetic and lively Sun Jiao. The Sun
Jiao who occasionally went into her character as the Queen of the wasteland while acting as a
caring and heartwarming wife.
Xia Shiyu left her room moments later and interrupted Jiang Chen's train of thoughts. She
stood across from Jiang Chen, but there was no conversation between the two. Silence filled the
room as the only noise was the ticking clock and their heartbeats.
’’Thank you.’’ Xia Shiyu broke the silence first.
’’No problem, I just happened to pass by.’’ He lied about the fact that he tried to find her today in
the morning with hostile intentions but only left because he heard her left her position.
He didn't expect this stubborn girl to thank him.
’’You,’’ Xia Shuyu briefly paused as if she had something to say. She hesitated for a bit before
finally asking what bothered her, ’’don't you hate me?’’
He was not surprised by the question. He also considered the question himself. [Do I still hate
’’I hated you.’’ In the end, the paragraphs he tried to articulate in his head only turned into three
short words. Jiang Chen looked at Xia Shiyu with a perplexed look.
[Then why did you save me?]
She didn't ask this question, but Jiang Chen read the unasked question in her eyes.
He hated her before. She fired him and almost made him homeless. He was not hesitant to
curse her with the most malicious vows... However, that's all in the past. After he had released
his anger, it was no longer an incident that bothered him. Life continued, and there was no
reason to continue to despise her.
’’No particular reason.’’ Jiang Chen sighed as he shook his head. ’’To be frank, when I heard that
you were fired, I was quite ecstatic for a moment. As you can see, the clothes I am wearing right
now are purchased from that store. However, I realized that I am still too immature.’’
’’Immature?’’ She mumbled the word repetitively. She was dumbfounded by Jiang Chen's words.
Her icy cold eyes began to lose its focus.
If Jiang Chen humiliated her or even hit her, it would make this feel easier. But the man she
almost single-handedly pushed to despair didn't do anything in retaliation. He gave her a
helping hand in her most desperate time.
’’Even if I retaliated, what would I get in return? To be honest, the feeling of revenge is great. If I
see a girl get pushed to the edge of life by a group of thugs without doing anything, the guilt
will overwhelm me; especially since I know you. After all, we don't have a hatred that runs for
generations. It was only a job after all. If you give me the job now, I will not take it.’’
It was a job after all. Compared to what Jiang Chen lost, he certainly gained a lot more. If he
weren't drunk, he would have never passed the alley. He would have missed the opportunity to
acquire the interdimensional bracelet.
You never know where life will take you the next day.
’’Before I fired you, I thought a lot about it.’’ With a perplexed look, she continued, ’’based on the
facts, I know I am not a qualified manager.’’
’’You have all the abilities, but you don't know the human heart’’ Jiang Chen smiled.
’’Human heart? Do you mean psychology?’’
’’No no, it's not something from the textbook. The human heart is a complicated matter. Even
within a lifetime, it would be difficult to understand it all.’’
They chatted as if they were close friends that haven't seen each other for a long time. Jiang
Chen felt the calmness he was searching the entire day for.
Yes, it was incredible shopping, and eating a fancy meal, but he still felt hollow.
In this large metropolitan city, he didn't even have a single friend he could talk with. Maybe
that's what Jiang Chen was searching for that entire day. Everyone took separate path after
graduation and moved on.
This tiny apartment brought him the calmness and serenity he desperately searched for.
Maybe, this peacefulness was what life rewarded you with when you did good deeds.